A Friendly Town, But A Sinister Tone: Reviewing ‘Canary’ #2

With an assurance that there’s something far more sinister, and ancient, in them thar hills other than copper, Canary #2 sees Marshal William Holt return to the titular town of this western/horror series, a town he knows only too well. This isn’t the first time he’s set foot here, but it would seem that while first time may well have slipped into local folklore, no-one knows the whole truth and dark secrets of Hyrum Tell. And so, while we meet the various townsfolk, and one Edison Edwards, the “rock doctor” who’s theories have brought them together, there is an unnamed sinister tone simmering underneath, dirged up through flashbacks throughout the issue. 

From the off, I found Edison Edwards a most interesting character. A black man in an America probably still at odds with ethnic diversity. But with Marshal Holt treating Edward with respect and thereby setting the example, no-one even questions Edwards credentials, let alone his heritage. But, Edwards is more than that. As a man of science, his mission is to uncover the facts and not add to the national past-time, then and now, of mythologising of the Wild West, as I briefly discussed on my review of Canary #1. And yet, as we know from the hints in this issue and the debut issue, there is something far from natural to this mystery. Edwards stands as a man of science and in stark contrast to those surrounding him beyond just his skin colour.

While Scott Snyder introduces us to the various people we will be getting to know in one way or the other, Dan Panosian continues to deliver an art style, including colours, that is so vivid and evocative of a rather romanticised version of the West. Gritty, but bathed in warm sunsets and full of pioneering promise, and danger in equal measure. A landscape upon which legends were made. Much like Holt’s own violent past. But, as the day draws to a close, so the colours dull and change, to better reflect the change in tone established on the last page of the book. This issue was about local hospitality and pleasantries, but next issue I can only imagine, the plot will darken as Holt and Edwards go exploring.

Canary #2 is out now on ComiXology

With an assurance that there’s something far more sinister, and ancient, in them thar hills other than copper, Canary #2COMICONRead More

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